ONE of Brighton’s most iconic film characters can be found in a city pub.

Julian Franklin, landlord at the Lord Nelson pub, has commissioned a giant portrait of Pinkie, the lead character from novel and film, Brighton Rock.

The portrait of Pinkie is the new centrepiece in Mr Franklin’s Brighton-themed room, which he has been planning since he took over at the Lord Nelson in October.

He said: “I was born 30 seconds down the road so this is my old stomping ground and Brighton Rock has always been one of my favourite films.

“This is a proper Brighton pub so I think it’s perfect.”

The picture was painted by Joanne Penfold, as part of her Icons series, celebrating iconic characters from the world of film.

The pub will be exhibiting other paintings in the Icons series on August 24, with 10% of any painting sold going to Amaze, an independent Brighton charity working with parents of children with special needs.

Tickets to the event can be purchased from the pub for £15.

For more information about the exhibition call 01273 695872.